Netflix will no longer release the second season of Resident Evil, its action horror series based on a popular game franchise. The news is coming a month and a half to the July 14 release date is not a surprise to many. The drama itself didn’t have quite a viewership on Netflix.
Resident Evil debuted at #2, with good viewership for just three weeks. With mediocre ratings from both critics and audiences, it slid out of the top 10 after only three weeks.
Netflix assembled a compelling, diverse cast for Resident Evil and the goal is to work with them in the future. The streamer is already doing it with one of the actors, Paola Núñez, who appears in Netflix’s upcoming series Fall of the House of Usher and in Fuga De Reinas, a Netflix film from Latin America.
While Resident Evil is not continuing, on the genre front, Netflix has hits like Stranger Things, Arcane, The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy, Shadow and Bone, Vikings: Valhalla, Sweet Tooth, Black Mirror, and newest arrival, The Sandman, which has been a breakout and is expected to be renewed. The streamer also continues to be aggressive in the arena with high-profile upcoming entries Wednesday, The Midnight Club, The Witcher: Blood Origin, Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, 3 Body Problem, One Piece and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Resident Evil, which is led by the showrunner of Andrew Dabb, takes place in 2036. Fourteen years after a deadly virus caused a global apocalypse, Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) fights for survival in a world overrun by blood-thirsty infected and insane creatures. In this absolute carnage, Jade is haunted by her past in New Raccoon City, by her father’s connection to Umbrella Corporation and most of all what happened to her sister Billie.
The series stars Balinska, Lance Reddick, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Nuñez. Additional cast members are Ahad Raza Mir, Connor Gosatti and Turlough Convery.
Dabb executive produced and wrote with Mary Leah Sutton. Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben of Constantin Film also serve as executive producers. Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz produced and Constantin Film was the studio.
The live-action series was the streamer’s second foray into the Resident Evil universe. The first was the animate series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which starred video game voice actors Nick Apostolides and Stephanie Panisello.